Annual Events

Welcome Back Sunday
Welcome Back Sunday takes place each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Parishioners enjoy breakfast and learn about the different  ministries of the church, explore volunteer opportunities as well as offerings for upcoming Sunday School classes for adults, youth, and children.

Harvest Eve Evensong
St. John’s annual Harvest Eve Evensong is celebrated on the afternoon of the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Come with the whole family to enjoy Thanksgiving hymns, canticles and prayers. The service features the traditional Anglican Evening Prayer service with the participation of all of St. John’s volunteer choirs. A light dinner follows the service.

Annual Meeting
At this meeting, held in December, new Vestry members are elected to three-year terms. A new Senior Warden and Junior Warden are elected to one-year terms. Delegates to the Diocesan Convention are elected for a three-year term. All members of the congregation, 16 years of age and older, are entitled to vote at the annual meeting, either in person, or by proxy. A light breakfast is served.

Advent Festival
During the season of Advent, as we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Christ, children, youth, and adults come together for a night of crafts, fellowship, and activities.

Feast of Lights
The Feast of Lights pageant is the celebration of Epiphany held every year on January 6. The arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem and the manifesting of the baby Jesus as the Messiah are the highlights of this pageant. The cast is filled and organized by specific age groups of children, youth and adults. The 12th Night Party follows the pageant with the cutting of the Kings’ cakes in the Barr Center.

Kanuga Parish Weekend, Hendersonville, NC
In February of each year, the parish participates in a weekend retreat to the Kanuga Conference Center. This weekend offers opportunities for spiritual renewal, formation and fellowship.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
This event is on the last night before Lent, a season of penitence leading to Easter. St. John's celebrates Shrove Tuesday with a pancake supper. The Men of St. John's cook and serve pancakes to the parish.

Bishop’s Reception
On the day of confirmation, when the Bishop visits St. John’s, a reception is held on the patio after the 11:15 am service honoring the Bishop and our confirmands.

Gravatt Day
The annual parish picnic is held in the spring at the Bishop Gravatt Center in Aiken, SC. The parish gathers for Sunday service and shares a picnic meal. Swimming, canoeing, and games are offered for all ages.

Pentecost Block Party
The parish typically celebrates Pentecost with an outdoor picnic and Block Party on the grounds each spring. Often at this time we recognize those who have served in different ministries and programs throughout the year such as Sunday school teachers. It is always a festive occasion, with good
food, games, including a bounce house for children, sack races, and watermelon seed spittin’ contest.

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